Parents, kids learn about getting to school safely

Monique Chiasson
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BIBLE HILL - Taking big steps into the bus Lee Morrison's eyes opened wide with awe.
The five-year-old from Truro looked around and settled eagerly into a parked bus outside the Bible Hill village hall Saturday.
He very rarely broke eye contact with bus driver Ivan McKenna and listened intently as McKenna explained bus safety to children and parents.
"You're responsible for what you do on the bus," McKenna, a school bus driver with Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, told the youngsters during a school bus, crosswalk safety and identification day that was presented by the Bible Hill Safety Advisory Committee.
"Do not let any person annoy you on the bus ... you let the bus driver know and
we'll handle it," McKenna also reminded the youngsters.
His discussion covered evacuation procedures, use of seatbelts and disciplinary techniques such as moving students to the front or signing a disciplinary form to be passed to principals.
Morrison said he learned a lot from the talk.
"When the driver is driving you can't be silly ... you have to keep your seatbelt on and stay in the seat," said Morrison, who will attend Grade Primary at Truro Elementary School in September.
Lee's mom Sherry was impressed with the safety day.
"As a parent it gives me more trust that everyone is taking their job seriously," said Sherry. "As a child I did not have opportunities like this."
Five-year-old Aidan Stone of Valley learned a lot as well.
"The bus driver is the boss," said Stone, who will enter Grade Primary at Valley Elementary School next month.
"Wait until (the crossing guard) says it's OK then walk so people can see you ... (and) always wait for bus driver to see you," he added.
Stone also tried on fatal goggles, which show how a person impaired by drugs or alcohol would see their environment. "You see funny," Stone said.
"You're never too young to learn about these things because young people are exposed to a lot now," added Aidan's mom Natalie.
Natalie was also impressed the safety day included fingerprinting. The prints were sent home with the family.
"It's good to have if (children) got lost
or were taken," said Natalie. "It feels like
insurance."

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Central Regional School Board, Bible Hill Safety Advisory Committee, Truro Elementary School Valley Elementary School

Geographic location: Truro, Chignecto

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  • J
    January 18, 2010 - 10:09

    How did people hear about this school bus/crosswalk safety course. I would love to have taken my son who starts school this year. Will the schools be doing this type of saftey class during the first week of class so all the children will be aware?